What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do NOT hire amateur photographers. These days, with the easy accessibility to nice cameras, everyone is starting a photography business. I know your Uncle Lou might have just bought a fancy new SLR and is offering to do your newborn's photos for ridiculously cheap, but 9 times out of 10, you will regret it! I know too many people who have had their friend or family member do important photos (ie-newborn, engagement, even wedding) and they have ended up regretting it because, despite the fact that that person had a nice camera, they just didn't know what they were doing. Don't cheap out on the memories of life's precious moments. I'm sure that Uncle Lou would rather be a little disappointed that you chose a professional over him than feel bad that he ruined your photos.